Gor Mahia held by Bandari

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Coastal side Bandari FC  lived up to their current billing by holding hosts Gor Mahia to a barren draw in an entertaining match played at City Stadium on Sunday30th June.

Striker Dan Sserunkuma announced Gor Mahia’s intent with a first minute shot that missed target by inches. Four minutes later, Rama Salim failed in bid to head in Mungai Kiongera’s cross.

Bandari responded not by defending but by launching attacks. In the 17th minute they won a corner  that was headed out by Okello.Then, good interchanges between Odulla,Bhai and Kenga tore apart the  K’Ogalo defense but luckily Edwin Lavatsa saves the day

In the 23rd minute, Kiongera did great to bring a cross that an unselfish Sserunkuma passed to Lavatsa but the latter lost his footing and the final shot did not trouble the Oburu much.

The last quarter of the first period belonged to Gor. A low free kick shot by Kiongera  was met by Rama Salim and Sserunkuma who tried to break the duck  with two successive attempts but the busy Oburu blocked their efforts.

Chris Wekesa  then had a well-placed rasping shot saved by Oburu while  Kiongera’s cracker in the 39th minute  went off target.Dan  Sserunkuma  closed the first half attempts with a shot that ended on the side net attempt courtesy of Shaban Kenga’s misplaced  block.

Bandari’s Ali Bhai well placed shot provided a great opening to the second half.

In the 58th minute, Coach Bobby Ogolla brought in Kevin Omondi for  Eric Ochieng while  his opposite Twahir Muhiddin responded fast with  Eric Okoth coming on  Ali Bhai.

Twenty minutes to the end, Rama Sserunkuma was denied by Oburu  after a neat pass by Rama Salim. The diminutive Ugandan then paved way for new boy Paul Odhiambo.Bobby Ogolla then threw his last dice by throwing in Moses Odhiambo in place of Edwin Lavatsa.

Keeper Oburu almost soiled his good day when he lost the ball in the last minute to Mungai Kiongera but luckily the effort never bore fruit.Oburu was named man-of-the-match after the clash.

An extra time infringement on Mungai Kiongera earned defender Humprey Okoti a red card. A free kick awarded to Gor just outside the box  was executed by Kevin Omondi and went off target.

The result leaves Gor Mahia at third spot with 23 points, one less than Bandari FC who have 24 points.Thika United  leads the standings with 26 points.

Bobby sizes up Bandari

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Gor Mahia’s stand-in coach, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla, says the team is capable of winning the league this season even after the sacking of head coach Zdravko Logarusic.

When Gor host Bandari at City Stadium on Sunday, Ogolla will be on a mission to collect all three points and rise to second in the league table behind Thika United who drew 0-0 with Gor on Wednesday.

“Our focus is not on the exit of Logaruisic. He is gone and that is the end of the story. Our focus is on the league title, nothing else matters,” said Ogolla, whose side has collected 22 points from 12 games, four points shy of leaders Thika, and one behind Bandari.

“We are settling down remarkably well. Of course with the exit of the coach, we have had to re organize and train ourselves to accommodate a new era and way of working. We have to adopt a new approach. He (Logarusic) and I gelled well but each one of us had his way of doing things,” said Ogolla.

Admitting that Bandari will present a strong challenge given their fine form this season, Ogolla said he is working on a formula to avoid any upsets.

Eric Ochieng: My dream was to play for Gor Mahia

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Ochieng played the entire 90 minutes of his first match for Gor Mahia since moving from Bandari against Karuturi Sports and was brought down for the penalty

Gor Mahia’s new signing Erick Ochieng has expressed his joy after making his debut since completing a move from Coastal side Bandari.

Ochieng played the entire 90 minutes of his first match for Gor Mahia on Sunday in their 2-1 win against Karuturi Sports in Nakuru and was brought down for the penalty that led to the first goal.

Speaking to Goal, Ochieng says he targets to improve better noting that he was not entirely at his best in his first game in K’Ogalo colors.

“Since childhood, it has been my dream to play for this great club. I have always looked forward to getting the chance to don the colors of Gor Mahia and I am happy that this chance has presented itself. I am very happy after my first game,” said Ochieng.

“It was my first match so I did not expect to be at my best but everything has a start. I aim at improving myself in each game that comes and cement my place in the starting team.

“The players have been very welcoming and that is why I have not found it hard to settle in. The club has very good players who have an attitude and ambition to win and I am pretty sure we can challenge for the league title.”

Gor Mahia and Thika United draw

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The midweek Milk Derby between Gor Mahia and Thika United at the MISC Kasarani has ended in a barren draw leaving Thika United three points clear at the top of the league standings.

The hosts Gor Mahia have however dominated possession for the better part of the first half managing to contain their opponents Thika United into their own half.
Thika under pressure
Thika United strikers have also faded from action apart from David Kingatua who has been overly active managing to penetrated their opponents defence through his electric pace.
Moses Odhiambo has however managed to steer the Gor Mahia midfield to action and enjoyed the first attempt on goal in the 20th minute from a fine exchange Anthony Akumu and Edwin Lavatsa but Indeche punched it back to play.
K’ogalo then piled pressure onto Thika and came close again with another run this time from Edwin lavatsa but a weak through ball from Anthony Akumu was easy pickings for Indeche in the Thika goal.
Two bookings
Both teams received a yellow card each with Kingatua getting his in the 31st minute after fouling Moses Odhiambo and Gor’s right back David Otieno in the dying minutes of the firs half for fouling Dennis Odhiambo.

Loga Blames officials

Coach Zdvarko Logarusic is blaming his sacking on some club officials who says says had sabotaged him, among the Bwana, Ronald Ngala (assistant secretary), Faiz Ochieng (First Vice Chairman) and David Nyandega (Organising Secretary).

“They worked against me. They were out to ensure I fail. I think they are now happy I have been sacked. But I do not care, I know I will get an even better club.” Before he came to Kenya

No regrets

Sacked Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic says he has no regrets losing his job at one of Kenya’s top clubs in the premiership.

The Croat tactician, who was relieved off duties on Tuesday after failing to report to work, says he had sensed things could not go his way when he boarded the plane to his native home for holiday.

“For now, I have no regrets leaving the club. I wish Gor Mahia all the best and I pray that they win the league this season. Bobby Ogolla is a reputable coach, who can take the team places and I wish him all the best. said Logarusic to goal.com

No word from the chairman

Interestingly, in all these accusations and counter-accusations , nothing has been heard from the club chairman Ambrose Rachier. If it is indeed true that Loga was hounded out by some members of the EC then one has to wonder whether Rachier is really in control.

Logarusic Terminated

Gor Mahia have finally parted ways with Croatian coach Zdvarko Logarusic. According to the clubs site, the club secretary general, George Bwana sent him a letter that read in part : “You have not returned to your coaching duties on the day agreed and as far as we are concerned, you have deserted. The club has decided to relieve you of your duties with immediate effect”.

The Croatian coach arrived during the beginning of the 2012 season when the club had been humbled by Ferroviario Maputo in the CAF cup and was in the relegation zone. Loga took the club on a 18 match winning streak and came within a whisker of winning the league.

2013 Season

The 2013 season proved to be more difficult for Loga as wins were hard to come by. There were stories that KPL coaches had figured out his tactics and knew exactly how to stop him. The mark of a great coach is his ability to adapt his tactics to a changing environment. It is still unclear whether Loga had the formula for this. He himself once remarked that scoring goals in the KPL is proving rather difficult. Perhaps he realized he had gone as far as he could with the club. Coaches in Europe rarely last long with one club anyway. Alex Ferguson types who are succesful with one club for decades are rare.


The exposee by the Standard newspaper which indicated that Loga who is married had a penchant for pursuing all manner of women be it the players girlfriends or members of the Kenya volleyball team or other socialites may have also played a part in Loga’s decision to abscond.


The reasons given by Loga for absconding were the lack of a contract and the fact the he had a tourist visa instead of a work visa does not seem like a valid reason. He also wanted a raise given that the sponsors Tuzo had signed an improved deal.

It seems unlikely that Loga would quit over the lack of a contract or Visa issues given that he had been working for the club all along under these same conditions.

All in all, its a shame that a man who had a chance to cement his legacy and become a club legend will end up being remembered for the manner in which he essentially left the club.

Plenty of Leeway

Loga had been accorded plenty of leeway by the club. When he demanded a significant salary hike , he got an 80% raise. He was allowed to return home for lengthy periods. And at one time he lobbied for the position of Harambee Stars coach even while still coaching Gor Mahia. One person who might be happy to see Loga leave is Adel Amrouche, the national team coach who had lobbed several accusations at the Croatian coach including the claim that Loga was trying to undermine him. Here however Amrouche was completely wrong. No coach releases players when a big game is coming up.

What next

The club officials have indicated that Bobby Ogolla will take over as coach. It is not clear whether this is on an interim basis or not. It is not clear either whether they will get him an assistant which is crucial. And there are several qualified assistants available in the country.

Fans who are excited with the win against Karuturi last weekend have been pushing for “Sir Bobby” to take charge on a full time basis. This author thinks fans should not get carried away. Bobby himself pushed for the hiring of a foreign coach when he was asked to step in after Anaba Awono was fired. In fact Bobby understands the pressure that comes with being coach of this team. He is  a club legend who is beloved by fans who saw him play and even those who have been regaled with stories of his heroic performances for the club. However he will be under constant pressure from fans.

There is no doubt that a qualified foreign coach almost always makes a huge difference. One need only look at the impact that Loga had when he first arrived and even Jan Koops, Eymael and Mike Friday the coach of the Kenya sevens team who took Kenya from mediocre to world beating. Long term the club ought to consider hiring another foreign coach. The only question is when. And when it is done, the transition should be done in such a way to to disrupt the current flow of the team.


FKF gives Gor Mahia a reprieve

The match pitting Gor Mahia against league leaders Thika United will be played on Wednesday 26 June at the Moi International Sports  Centre starting from 1500hours as confirmed by Jack Oguda.

Initially the match was to be played at the Nyayo National Stadium starting 1000hours with no fans

Fan friendly schedule

Oguda speaking to Futaa.com said that the first venue and time had been because of the fan ban but with the new developments, they had to move it to a fan friendly time.

-Based on the letter from FKF, we will have to let fans attend the game which will now be played at 1500hourspm.

-The game had been set for 1000hours for easy management of fans but now that they have been allowed the game has moved to 1500hours.

-The game will be played at Kasarani as Nyayo had not been booked, explained Oguda.

Oboya joins Gor Mahia on short term contract

Oboya pictured here while at Siad Most. 1st season as a professional

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Former Harambee Stars midfielder Patrick Oboya is set to join Gor Mahia on a short term contract, his manager has exclusively revealed to Goal.

Oboya has been training with Gor Mahia for the last one week and is scheduled to pen a six month loan move.

The player is contracted to Vietnamese side Thanh Hoa but is in desperate need to get his form back hence the decision to return home.

“Oboya has been training with Gor for the last one week and they want him. He is also comfortable with playing for the club and this week we will sit down and negotiate a suitable short term contract.

“He (Oboya) needs some playing time so that he can get back to his form and go back to pursue his professional career,” said Oboya’s manager Robert Muthomi.

Muthomi further revealed that Oboya’s form was affected by injuries he sustained one year ago something that kept him out of competitive football for a long stretch.

Gor Mahia edge Karuturi

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Gor Mahia got back to business in the Kenyan Premier League with a 2-1 win over Karuturi Sports in a match played at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Rama Salim from the spot and Edwin Lavatsa’s second half goal gifted Gor the win despite a late goal from Karuturi’s Mohamed Mwachiponi.

The home side started the match faster off the blocks as they dictated play, swinging passes comfortably. Just seven minutes into the match, they had already scored but John Kiplagat’s goal was ruled offside. Kiplagat had tapped in from a rebound after Mohammed Mwachiponi’s ferocious freekick had been spilled by Jerry Onyango.

Just three minutes later, Hussein Zzinda’s rasping shot was beautifully tipped over by Jerry Onyango for a corner. Zzinda had struck a beauty on the volley but Onyango’s reflex was on point.

Gor slowly came back into the match and they started taking over possession from their hosts. They had a great chance to open the scores in the 21st minute but Edwin Lavatsa squandered the opportunity. New boy Paul Odhiambo had laid up a pass to him, but Lavatsa over dribbled trying to go past the keeper losing the ball when it was easier to tap in and score.

Ultimately, K’Ogalo got the opener in the 37th minute through Rama Salim who converted from 12 yards. Another new bo Erick Oching had picked up the ball on the left after Karuturi’s defense poorly defended a corner, dribbling into the box but was hacked with referee Richard Obare pointing straight to the spot.

The goal instilled confidence into Gor and they started playing with less pressure. Rama should have hit a brace just five minutes later, with superb predictive instincts cutting out an intended back pass from Andrew Mbwabi to his keeper. However, Rama over-dribbled again trying to beat keeper Mike Wanyika and he ended up losing the ball when he should have crossed into the box.

Gor had been forced into an early first half sub after Solomon Nasio went out injured following an awkward fall when he had gone for an aerial ball. He had to be rushed to the hospital after trying to get back to action despite bleeding.

Second half was no different as Gor Mahia chose to dictate play. Danny Sserunkuma was brought in for Innocent Mutiso and he added pressure upfront. Ten minutes into the half, he almost punished Karuturi for poor defending, Mbwabi trying to head back the ball to his keeper, but the keeper mistimed it though was fortunate Sserunkuma’s shot went wide.

In the 65th minute, Karuturi had a chance to level the scores but Jerry Onyango managed a superb save to deny John Kiplagat from a well taken freekick.

Gor finally got both feet on the lead in the 73rd minute when substitute Mungai Kiongera cut back a cross from the left, keeper Wanyika failed to parry it away and Lavatsa tasked with simply tapping it into an empty net.

Karuturi would not give up and fight on, and they eventually got the goal, Mwachipopni taping from close range from a Hussein Zzinda corner. The win now takes Gor Mahia to third place with 21 points and they will be playing against league leaders Thika United on Wednesday in Nairobi.